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Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:29 am Post
Hugh wrote:For fiction here in the UK, according to a top agent, for a first-timer an agent increases the chances of publication from 1 in 300 or worse to 1 in 30 or better.
Making Light wrote:Aspiring writers are forever asking what the odds are that they’ll wind up [published]. That’s the wrong question. If you’ve written a book that surprises, amuses, and delights the readers, and gives them a strong incentive to read all the pages in order, your chances are very good indeed. If not, your chances are poor.
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:18 pm Post
janra wrote:I guess if you take the entire slush pile and the number that get selected you could come up with a "one-in-whatever" odds of getting published. But as TNH points out, this isn't just a game of odds. It's a game of quality as well.
janra wrote:I've also seen reference (years ago, lost the link) that while an agent can help you place your book, getting one is hard so you might as well submit unagented to publishers as well. If a publisher expresses interest, you'll get an agent very very quickly. The same reference pointed out that you want an agent who knows contracts very well and who will protect you in that area, so "when a publisher expresses interest" is the right time to have one.
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:48 pm Post
SeanC wrote:If your goal is to be published by a legitimate publisher, get paid (maybe even make a career out of it), actually see your book in bookstores, then yes.
You absolutely need an agent.
It can take some time, but don't let impatience sabotage your long-term goals. And sometimes, it can happen quickly. Make sure you study the submission guidelines and follow them, and do a little research to ensure you are querying the right agents (and beware, there are many scams out there. NEVER submit to an agent who charges a reading fee, or anything like that).
I was pretty lucky, and for me it happened relatively quickly. I started sending out queries in October '05, and had an agent by January '06. Of course, I also collected a big pile of rejections during that time.
Don't let the rejections get you down; they come with the territory. Remember, it only takes one agent to fall in love with your work.
Best of luck, and congratulations on finishing the manuscript! That already puts you well ahead of most aspiring writers.
Top 10 Literary Agencies for Fantasy Novels
10.Michele Glance Rooney, Literary Agent
Michele Glance Rooney Literary Agency
P.O. Box 2533, Birmingham, MI 48012
Dave Kuzminski said...
Do the surprises never end? This is simply unbelievable that Michele Glance Rooney is not only on the top agent list for romance, business books, and young adult, but is also a top agent for representing fantasy. I simply must know the titles and ISBNs for the books she's sold.
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Amber Lynn Smith said...
She's also on the Writer's Beware List.
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